Definitely odd. Here are some thoughts:
-Service in Alaska during WWII did in fact rate a combat patch and overseas stripes, but that doesn't really help explain this jacket very much.
-Awarding of UK campaign medals to Americans was extremely limited, and when it did occur (such as Ike receiving the Africa Star), it was not the full assortment seen here. So I think the assumption that the Canadian and Commonwealth medals were awarded to a US GI is unfounded. Now an American who enlisted in the Canadian military? Thats much more likely but also a different circumstance.
-To qualify for this rather wide assortment of UK medals this guy had to meet at least the following:
1) Have voluntarily enlisted in the Canadian military
2) Served in North Africa BEFORE May 1943 (which makes being a FSSF/Kiska vet somewhat less likely)
3) Served in France or Germany AFTER 6 June 1944
4) Served in Italy at some point
5) Served at least 6 months in the UK at some point during the war
..... and at some point he was in the US Army in Alaska? If a FSSF guy, why on earth would you choose this over the arrowhead patch??
-He also had what looks to be 8 US ribbons on this uniform. Thats a lot for the vast majority of WWII vet, especially relatively junior ones.
-The "buck sergeant" rank on this uniform was discontinued from 1948 to 1956, while the quad collar brass configuration was only worn from after WWII until early in the Korean War (i.e. at nearly the same time the three stripe Sergeant rank was NOT worn). So that would narrow the window quite a bit if we assume this guy was following basic regulations (which of course we know did not always happen).
-He shows 3 overseas stripes, but no service stripe. Unlikely (but not impossible) to earn 8 ribbons in less than three years.
Despite these questions I think it is a fascinating uniform, I would have been tempted to buy it myself. As weird as it is, it doesn't scream "put together" to me, mostly because I can't understand why someone would.
Edited by vzemke, 30 May 2016 - 02:31 PM.